Albertville and Gadsden, Alabama
Periodontics is the care of your gums. Whether you realize it or not, your gums play an integral part in the health and beauty of your smile. Gum disease can lead to tooth and jawbone loss. Some of the bacteria that prey on your gums can move from your mouth to your arteries, causing heart disease. Dr. Jonathan Renfroe and Dr. Josh Conley prefer a conservative approach to periodontics and use non-surgical periodontal treatments whenever possible.
Dental Hygiene and Teeth Cleaning Protect Your Gums
Your first line of defense against gum disease is the proper care of your teeth and gums. That starts at home with good dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing remove plaque from your teeth. Once plaque calcifies into tartar, it can only be removed by a professional teeth cleaning. Even with the best dental hygiene at home, most people develop some amount of tartar.
Regular teeth cleanings can not only help prevent gum disease, they can detect the warning signs of gum disease so that it is treated before a serious problem develops.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling involves cleaning your teeth below the gum line. Root planning is the smoothing of your tooth roots. When bacteria get between your teeth and gums, they create pockets in your gums and tartar develops below the gum line. You cannot clean this out for yourself. Dr. Renfroe and Dr. Conley use scaling and root planing to clean the area beneath the gum line in order to reduce your risk of gum disease.
Laser Gum Treatment
Laser technology allows us to perform advanced gum treatment without the need for surgery. The soft tissue laser kills the bacteria that cause gum disease. It vaporizes the damaged gum tissue and treats damaged teeth. The soft tissue laser targets the bacteria and damaged tissue without harming healthy tissue.
During laser gum treatment, the wound is sealed as it goes, eliminating any potential bleeding or the need for stitches. It also minimizes the trauma to your gums, resulting in reduced pain, swelling, and recovery time.